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Big East Standings, Schedule, Predictions, and Weekly Pick’em Contest (Week of 1/21)

Big East madness continues on the basketball court.

NCAA Basketball: Big East Conference Tournament-Villanova vs Butler Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Sunday, so it’s time to check the Big East standings, take a peek at the upcoming games around the conference, offer a few predictions, and continue our pick’em contest.

The rules are simple, just pick who you think will win each of the games from this week using this link. (Note: There is an earlier game than usual this week, with one game taking place on Monday night, so get all your picks in!) We’ll keep a cumulative score of your predictions and release them each week. Whoever gets the most number of correct picks at the end of the season wins a prize! You will have until the first game tips off on Tuesday to get your picks in, in order for all of them to count. Any late submission will result in the picks made for finished games or the ones in progress being forfeited, but the remaining ones after them will count. (The timestamps never lie!) For scoring and contest purposes, your most recent answer form will be used. Make sure you put your VU Hoops account name, so we know who’s who!

This is a free contest. May the best VU Hoopster win!

Here is a complete scoreboard and everyone’s picks from last week. (Will update after Sunday’s Providence-Marquette game.)

Shoutout to drMark, who is the only one to have perfectly guessed all the games.

Big East Standings (Entering Monday, Jan., 21)

Team Conf. W-L GB Conf. Win% Overall W-L Overall Win% STRK
Team Conf. W-L GB Conf. Win% Overall W-L Overall Win% STRK
Villanova 5-0 -- 1 14-4 0.778 W6
Marquette 5-1 0.5 0.833 16-3 0.842 W5
DePaul 3-3 2.5 0.5 11-6 0.647 W1
Butler 3-3 2.5 0.5 12-7 0.632 W2
Xavier 3-3 2.5 0.5 11-8 0.579 L1
St. John's 3-4 3 0.429 15-4 0.789 L1
Seton Hall 3-4 3 0.429 12-7 0.632 L3
Georgetown 2-3 3 0.4 12-6 0.667 L1
Providence 1-4 4 0.2 11-7 0.611 L1
Creighton 1-4 4 0.2 10-8 0.556 L4

And now, here are the games to watch for this week, as well as the slate of Big East games coming up:

Game of the Week: Villanova at Butler--Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1

The Villanova Wildcats have been a bunch of road warriors this season, but even the mightiest of fighters have crumbled in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Villanova experienced Hinkle magic firsthand last season, as the Bulldogs delivered a shooting performance that made Ethan Wragge bombs look like a box of party snaps that you could buy for 99 cents at your local street fair. It was one of a few blemishes to the Wildcats’ National Championship campaign, one that came in the form of a 68.2 percent clip from long range and a 101-point showing by the Bulldogs. The Wildcats will have a chance to avenge that loss on Tuesday night, and much like last year’s squad, the Bulldogs playing at home is very different from the ones that play on the road. They’re 9-1 at Hinkle so far, and they most recently beat St. John’s on Saturday. The Bulldogs graduated their leading man, Kelan Martin, but they still have the versatile Kamar Baldwin and the red-hot Justin Tucker--a transfer from Duke who was actually once a Villanova target coming out of high school. The Wildcats, on the other hand, lost a quartet of key players from last year. However, as we’ve seen in conference play so far, it’s hard to bet against a determined Phil Booth and Eric Paschall, when they’re on a mission. It wasn’t easy, and I might regret this later, but I’m going to stick to my pre-season gut feeling. My Pick: Butler 73, Villanova 70

...and here are two more to watch for:

Georgetown at St. John’s--Sunday, Jan. 27, at 12 p.m. ET on FOX

We’re in for an exciting rematch when this rivalry heads back to the Garden. It was quite the game when these two teams previously met a few weeks ago, with St. John’s winning by three in overtime. Both teams enter this week in similar predicaments. They are one game below-.500 in conference play and have lost three of their last four games. Georgetown will have to play Creighton on Monday night, while St. John’s will have the benefit of getting a week to fully prepare for the Hoyas. A win for either team would be huge. For St. John’s, the margin for error is getting smaller and smaller as we move along, as the Johnnies have now lost four Big East games. With a soft non-conference schedule, they can’t afford many more. As for Georgetown, the Hoyas have been right there--just very unlucky. Their three recent losses have been decided by six or fewer points. On the bright side, they’ll have Mac McClung, who was out in that previous showdown with the Johnnies due to injury. Even then, that might not be enough. I’m siding with the home team that got a rude awakening at Hinkle over the weekend. My Pick: St. John’s 86, Georgetown 78

Seton Hall at Villanova--Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX

As soon as St. John’s-Georgetown is over, don’t change the channel for Seton Hall-Villanova. The Pirates aren’t feeling so hot going into this one, losing three-straight--including being on the wrong side of a regular season series sweep from DePaul. The Pirates will have a week to regroup before heading into Philadelphia, to take on the Wildcats--who seem to always bring a new level of play out of them. While this Seton Hall team is coming in cold, the Pirates have had a number of big wins this season, with victories over Kentucky, Maryland, Miami and St. John’s. Myles Powell is a dynamic player and is one of the top players in the conference. Like Shamorie Ponds and Markus Howard, he is a game-changer and can singlehandedly carry his team--if opponents let him. These Seton Hall-Villanova games have been interesting as of late, but because it won’t be at the Rock and Villanova is coming in hot, I’m feeling the ‘Cats take care of business. My Pick: Villanova 84, Seton Hall 74

The rest of the games this week, all times in ET:

Monday, January 21
Creighton at Georgetown, at 8:30 p.m. on FS1

Wednesday, January 23
Providence at Xavier, at 6:30 p.m. on FS1
DePaul at Marquette, at 8:30 p.m. on FS1

Friday, January 25
Butler at Creighton, at 8:30 p.m. on FS1

Saturday, January 26
Marquette at Xavier, at 2 p.m. on FS1

Sunday, January 27
DePaul at Providence, at 12 p.m. on FS1

Quick picks for the last six games (in order as above):